Tuesday, 18 June 2013

ENB Season Launch

English National Ballet 2013/14 Season Launch, The Dorchester Hotel - 10th June

A year into her position as artistic director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo was supremely relaxed and confident as she announced the company’s 2013/14 season. In the luxurious surrounds of the Dorchester hotel on Park Lane, Rojo, wearing another spectacular pair of her trademark high heels, described plans to "cherish the classics as well as invest in the works of the future".

The new season will include a quadruple bill with three new works by Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, alongside George Williamson's Firebird. They will be performed at the Barbican in April 2014 as part of a programme of British choreography inspired by the centenary of the Great War. This is the first time the company will have performed at the Barbican and Rojo emphasised “the beginning of new artistic collaboration that will benefit both the theatre and ENB.”

Akram Kahn stated: "I've got no idea what I'm going to do but I'm very excited to be working with English National Ballet. I'm always terrified of ballet dancers because I always wanted to be one! It makes me feel very humble to work with the company."
Tamara Rojo and Akram Kahn
Photo courtesy of English National Ballet
Other company repertoire will include Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker and the fifth Emerging Dancer Competition. In Romeo and Juliet, Rojo will be joined by her long-term dancing partner Carlos Acosta. For her, guest artists are “a great source of inspiration for the company. The ENB dancers respond positively as they can see the highest standards of performance.”

ENB2, the touring company of graduate dancers from English National Ballet School, will continue its series of My Firsts…, shortened, narrated ballets for children aged three and upward, with My First Coppelia. Choreographics, a showcase of new short works, will once again be performed at The Place, but for the first time this year, choreographers will be invited from outside the company.

Rojo also has plans for the talented young dancers in the company. Laurretta Summerscales, who won the People’s Choice Award this year, will debut in Swan Lake as Odette/Odile this week. “The role is a great challenge for a young ballerina but I'm very confident that Laurretta has great talent and a bright future ahead.”

The 2013 Emerging Dancer winner, Nancy Osbaldesdon, will also shortly take on the leading role of the Ballerina in Petrushka, as part of the company’s upcoming Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev bill at the London Coliseum next month.

Rojo highlighted once again that she wants to "develop an identity for ENB that is very personal to the company". Clearly, she is pushing English National Ballet forward and bringing it to the forefront of contemporary and classical dance in the UK.

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